The coolest part? Position groups will wear hand-painted helmets featuring one of seven designs, each paying tribute to a different historic Navy ship. They look incredible.
Linebackers’ helmets will feature a cruiser, for instance, while senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds’s helmet will feature an aircraft carrier, a nod to his role as the “ultimate decision maker.” Here’s the full breakdown of the helmets, via a Navy release:
Provides anti-air defense and packs the biggest punch of Naval surface ships representative of the linebackers on the Navy football team.
Defensive Back: Destroyer
Known for significant fire power, speed, and anti-missile defense as are Navy’s defensive backs.
Wide Receiver: Submarine
Predominantly utilized as blockers, wide receivers play a key role in driving the Navy rush attack, taking on a stealth-like persona as they blend into the rhythm of the offense but bring significant fire power when called upon, just like a Naval submarine.
Lineman: Amphibious Assault Ships
Just as a lineman’s job is the create a hole for a running back or linebacker, these ships are utilized to establish the “beach head” that enables the invading force to gain access and ultimately accomplish their objective.
Quarterback: Aircraft Carrier
The QB of the Naval Fleet, the aircraft carrier is the ultimate decision maker; the “quick strike” weapon of the Naval fleet.
Running Back: Littoral Combat Ship
Like running backs, these fast and nimble ships can navigate through both crowded shallow and deep waters.
Kicker/Special Teams: Minesweeper
Much like the specific task of the Navy special teams, this small ship has a unique mission of identifying and eliminating mines.
Other features of the “Navy Fleet” uniforms include the use of a “Battleship gray” color and the rally cry “Damn the torpedoes!” printed on the pants and gloves. Navy can clinch its first 10-win season since 1905 with a win over Army.